Aleppo rebels brace for long govt siege

BEIRUT — Rebel areas of Aleppo have stockpiled enough basic supplies to survive months of siege by Syrian pro-government forces that cut off their half of the city last week, even though some goods are running out, an opposition official said. Government forces backed by allies including Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Russian air force advanced last week to within a few hundred metres of the only road into the rebel-held part of Aleppo, making it impassable for the several hundred thousand people living there. The advance has brought Damascus closer to achieving its long-held aim of encircling rebel districts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and a potent symbol of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad now in its sixth year.
— Reuters

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